Is Roberto di Matteo a viable appointment for Leeds United?

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Should Leeds United appoint Roberto di Matteo in place of Steve Evans?

Leeds United's managerial situation remains in limbo, with owner Massimo Cellino telling The Mirror he will decide Steve Evans' fate later this month.

The circumstances are similar to Neil Redfearn's exit last year, and the controversial Italian is expected to bring in another head coach.

Bookies SkyBet have released odds of potential candidates to replace Evans, but perhaps one of the best candidates for the job features at just 20/1.

That is Champions League winning manager Roberto di Matteo, who is out of work, and has remained so since leaving Schalke in 2014.

Di Matteo won Europe's grandest prize with Chelsea in 2012, after taking over mid-season from Andre Villas-Boas, but was ruthlessly sacked by Roman Abramovich months later.

One of the reasons he could fit under Cellino is the fact he is an Italian, but one with extensive knowledge of the English game, from both his playing career, and his managerial spell, also including roles at MK Dons and West Bromwich Albion.

The Express reported in 2013, pre-Cellino, that Di Matteo was a contender for the then vacant Leeds position, and has admiration for the club, telling London 24 ahead of a 2012 cup tie: "Leeds United is always a difficult place to play at."

The Star claimed that three years ago Di Matteo wanted a more high profile position than Leeds, and true to this he ended up at Schalke.

His reputation however took a hit as he exited the club after a few months and he has not been in management since, perhaps waiting for the right opportunity to come along.

That could now be Leeds if the situation appeals, and Massimo Cellino can convince him he will have the patience to back him over the course of a season.

Di Matteo is well connected in the English game and this could help with bringing and attracting players to the club. He has somewhat of a point to prove, to show his Champions League win was no fluke, and guiding Leeds to promotion would arguably be an achievement of which he could be equally proud.

Unlike bookies favourite Walter Zenga, he has managed in England and won a major trophy, and is a figure supporters could get behind without as much scepticism, should Steve Evans be replaced.

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